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Posted on: July 6, 2013

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If it’s Saturday (and is it Statuday?  a holiday during the week throws me off) then it’s time for some light fare for the day.  I hope everyone’s fourth was a good one.  I have a couple of items to share and a few videos.  No heavy lifting required.


In the name of safety the NFL has a new “bag” policy
and probably women aren’t going to be happy with it

They say it’s in the name of safety (aren’t all carry in bags screened at the stadiums?) but I’m sure, as this article states, they have probably already designed bags to meet the requirements and you’ll be able to purchase them at your team’s website.   Here are the specifications:

The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined what is permissible. Beginning with preseason games, fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at, or
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.  (bolding, italics mine)

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Well isn’t that special as the church lady says.  And yep, the NFL has kindly created a website where you can buy the new clear bags for either $11.95 for a “messenger” bag or $9.95 for a “reusable” bags, plus tax and shipping, of course.  There’s no explanation why all teams do not have both a reusable and messenger bag (I checked for the Saints, they only have the reusable bag.)  Now is appears that not all teams have gotten the memo yet on the bags because one team, the Patriots are still selling an unacceptable bag for stadium purposes.  I guess the Patriot fan who buys that will have to use it for non football game use.

An NFL spokesman says that this is all for safety reasons:

“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer, on the league’s new “All Clear” site. “Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation.”

I had never thought of having to go through the gates as a “better and quicker experience”, but I’ve only been to one pro game in my life.  One woman who has a website asked about women who may bring their small children that might need diapers.  And she got a response I’m sure she’s not happy with.

“This is something that we contemplated. We are sports fans and attend events throughout the year, too, and took a long look at possible concerns people would have. Simply put the contents of the diaper bag into an approved bag.  (for all the world to see)  If there are necessary medical items for the child there would be an exception made after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose. The 12x6x12 bag is a decent size and can fit diapers, bottles, wipes, etc. I had a to go bag that size for my kids that worked well on day trips. And it’s one bag per person so other family members would be able to help.”

Yep the NFL has an answer for everything.  I liked the concluding paragraph in the piece on Shutdown Corner:

We certainly understand the need to establish effective security parameters, but at a time when the NFL is looking for more ways to keep fans going to stadiums as opposed to staying home and watching RedZone or watching games on their phones and tablets, the new policies seem a bit short-sighted — especially in the ways they seem to inconvenience and exclude female fans.

And if your team regularly sells out its home games as the Saints do, there is no reason to even bother with the b.s. of going to a game, paying an exorbitant amount for parking and the ticket and any food or drinks.

How badly do you want to see that movie?

According to George Lucas don’t be surprised to pay $50 or $100 or $150 to see that flick.  Lucas and Spielberg discussed the future of “entertainment” recently in Cali.  They say the studios are putting money into “mega-budget” films that are going to cause one or more of the studios to crash.  “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four, or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies, are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.”  Spielberg said that it was “this close” that Lincoln would have been made for HBO.

Michael Corty, senior equity analyst at Morningstar, said Spielberg’s comment highlights the success of HBO over the years, and cable networks’ ability in general to allow for longer storytelling and in-depth character development. The HBO series “Game of Thrones,” based on a book series, is one example.

Spielberg implied that movies with bigger budgets might cost more to see in the theater.

“You’re going to have to pay $25 to see the next ‘Ironman.’ And you’re probably only going to have to pay $7 to see ‘Lincoln,'” Spielberg said.

Corty said differentiated pricing according to the movie’s budget makes “economic sense.”

“[Spielberg’s] example seemed extreme at the high end, ” Corty said, “but it makes sense that over time, you would have differentiated pricing depending on the film.”

Guess what gentlemen?  I probably won’t do either.  With cable, netflix and a 46 or 50″ teevee screen and a good soundbar I’ll watch those things at home.

Don’t dig in your own backyard in Canada

A couple in Sarnia Ontario were digging postholes in their back yard.  While Ken was digging, he came across some bones.  Ken’s wife Nicole told him to keep digging for the rest of the skeleton.  And Ken did.  Now the article doesn’t say how the Ontario police got involved but I’ll  assume the couple called the police when they found the rest of the skeleton.  The cops called in a forensic anthropologist who determined that “the skeleton is likely that of a 24-year-old aboriginal woman who died in the late 1500s or early 1600s.”  Spence the anthropologist ,  “then contacted the Registrar of Cemeteries, which told Sauve that she and Campbell would have to hire an archeologist to examine the rest of the backyard—at their expense.”

According to the Star, property owners are legally responsible to pay for such an assessment “if human remains are found on their land.”

Stuck with a $5,000 bill, Sauve appealed to the mayor of Sarnia but has yet to get a clear answer about whether the government will pay. According to the Star, she might be able to make a request to the Registrar of Cemeteries to cover the costs.

Sauve told the Star that people have been telling her if they wind up in a similar situation, they won’t risk getting a bill by telling the authorities about their finds.

“This is awful,” said Sauve. “God forbid you have a murder victim, and you cover them up.”

Tony Soprano would have told you that would be  exactly what to do Nicole.

Remember Mitt Romney?
(yeah *that* guy)

He was interviewed a short time back by CNN (yeah I missed it too)  🙄  Anyway, this is what he had to say:

He apparently had been asked about his 47% comment and then threw in the Superstorm Sandy blame just as lagniappe.  Yeah, if it hadn’t been for that damned storm giving Obama and Chris Christie the opportunity to make nice.

The most homophobic man in the world?

Dunno, but this guy comes close.

Okay Widdershins, what’s going on in your world today?  Tell me in the comments below.  Also, don’t forget that I’ll be taking over Mondays for our dear Pat while she recuperates some more, and then Prolix will be adding Tuesday to his repertoire.  This is an open thread.



14 Responses to "SATURDAY LIGHT FARE"

Oh, the NFL! Perhaps soon I can obtain a supplemental oxygen device with a team logo as well. A clear purse? Yuk!

Speaking of truly “stupid people”, and although I have been out of the loop for awhile, I noticed that a certain “clown” is still making space to pay homage to another “stupid person” still convinced that her “wisdom” is worth noting.

Some things never change when you find you “just can’t quit her’.

hear is some more light fair for my adopted home the South….I would remind every on Delta Burke was not Miss Georgia but Miss Florida…

God bless Georgia women.

Oh my goodness Fuzzy, you did not just do that.

Ricky Graham and crew just did a piece called Redesigning Women that was, from what I’ve read, hysterical. It included the famous Julia Sugarbaker baton scene.

chat said; God bless Georgia women.

Or nola men who play them. 😆

Pat, it is soooo good to see your little purple avatar again. 🙂

And regarding the clown, did you think anything would change there?
I noticed that after they practically destroyed one person’s blog and after the election they mostly all went back to their “hole”.

Fredster Oh I want to see that show…. it looks amazing.

terrible thing about that plane in San Francisco the tail came right off

fuzzy@9: I read that it was a hoot! I think everyone kinda scattered for the summer, but I hope they decide to stage it again. Ricky Graham has been around comedy and theatre in nola for years so I wouldn’t be surprised to see another staging of it. If they do another run I’ll let you know. You can plan a trip from g’ville to nola. it’s not that far. 🙂

Fuzzy, from the Gambit article:

“Some bars play disco videos,” Graham says. “And then a clip of Julia will come on and everyone in the bar will rant along with her.”

Yep, I can see that happening. 😉

chat said: Perhaps soon I can obtain a supplemental oxygen device with a team logo as well. A clear purse? Yuk!

When I read the piece you came to mind. Will they want to test the thing to make sure it’s O2 in there?

Hmmm. then they;ll peddle “oxygen testers” in team colors.
The way that the D;lphins have been playing, maybe nitrous oxide would be a better idea.

maybe nitrous oxide would be a better idea.
Back in the day, that would have been a better solution than the “aints bags” over the head. LOL!!

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